Career Planning Resources

Career planning can be a daunting topic for both parents and students - and the discussion should begin earlier than either might like. These resources can help parents find great moments to talk with children and young people about career options and opportunities.

 

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Solar System Exploration - NASA

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3 to 12
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Take a journey deep into the solar system with this engaging site from the Planetary Science Communications team at NASA. Choose a destination within the solar system to explore facts,...more
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Take a journey deep into the solar system with this engaging site from the Planetary Science Communications team at NASA. Choose a destination within the solar system to explore facts, information, and images or scroll down the home page to read about the latest news about the solar system. Dig deeper into the site to learn about careers in space, space missions, and much more. Some portions of the site also feature a downloadable app for 3D exploration of planets, moons, asteroids, and more. Stay up to date with the picture of the week and monthly skywatching tips.

tag(s): explorers (70), moon (81), planets (139), solar system (125), sun (76)

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Use this site to offer students the opportunity to explore our solar system through interactives, facts, and informative articles. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard then allow students to explore on their own. Because the site is dense with content, you might want to provide students specific areas and content for exploration. As students learn about different pieces of the solar system, ask them to share information using PostIt, reviewed here, a labeling tool; have students use an image and create notes about information learned. For example, find a free image to use of the sun and add notes with interesting facts, including distance from the earth, the temperature on the sun, and more. Use PostIt to create an image for each planet either together as a class, or have students create their own. Use the information learned to create a lively learning game using Baamboozle, reviewed here. Baamboozle is a quick and easy two-team quiz creation game that keeps track of the score as you play. Have older students create their own quiz game for classmates to play based on the material they learned from this site and others. Take student learning a step further and modify classroom technology use by asking them to create books about the solar system using Book Creator (Chrome and app), reviewed here. Book Creator includes features for students to easily create digital books using their own text, videos, and images. Use BookCreator for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as an enhancement, modification, or transformation. Be sure to include your students' books on your class website as part of your digital library for students and parents!

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PhotoScissors Background Remover - teorex

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K to 12
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Instantly change the look of your images by removing the background with PhotoScissors. Download the program onto your computer or upload a JPG or PNG image to begin. The site ...more
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Instantly change the look of your images by removing the background with PhotoScissors. Download the program onto your computer or upload a JPG or PNG image to begin. The site supports images up to 5Mb with 2.1Mpx resolution. Follow the directions to adjust areas to include or delete. After removing the background, continue designing your image by adding a colored background, uploading an image, or saving as transparent. When complete, download to your computer.

tag(s): editing (79), images (272), photography (145), preK (281)

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Share with students for use with projects to enhance classroom technology and create and combine images without busy backgrounds. For example, create pictures of presidents, castles, or plants for use with any report or on slides for a presentation. Take pictures of students; then remove the background. Save images for use throughout the year in hall displays, bulletin boards, on reward certificates, etc. Add a background to student images as a story starter on historic events, career presentations, or place them as a character within a novel. Modify classroom technology use by having students use an easy website creator like Carrd, reviewed here, where students can upload their image and share their finished story. Introduce a new unit by creating an image using PhotoScissors to place your class in a foreign land. Share that image on FlipGrid, reviewed here, to use as an anticipatory set and ask students to post a video response sharing their thoughts on where they are going and what they already know about the area.
 

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Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) - Air Force Association

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K to 12
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The ESCEI is part of the Air Force Associations CyberPatriot program. On this page find and download a kit with everything you need for teaching your K-6 students about digital ...more
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The ESCEI is part of the Air Force Associations CyberPatriot program. On this page find and download a kit with everything you need for teaching your K-6 students about digital safety! Fill out the registration form and submit. You will quickly receive a link for downloading the kit which needs to be un-zipped and takes about five minutes. You'll find cover letters to parents, guardians, and educators, three interactive learning modules about online safety and cybersecurity principles, slides for classroom instruction, and a complete instructors guide (with descriptions for each module, vocabulary, games to print, and more). Students will learn basic computing skills to how to deal with complex issues like phishing and malware. Be sure to see the supplemental activities and videos. Though the lessons are labeled up to sixth grade, they are adaptable for eighth grade and ninth grade.

From this landing page also find the home page with all the information about CyberPatriot and check out the competitions that are for middle school, high school, and beyond. CyberPatriot brings you these real-world competitions in conjunction with the Cisco Networking Challenge. There is online training for competitors. Videos on this site reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): computers (104), cyberbullying (47), digital citizenship (75), internet safety (122), STEM (209)

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Include materials from this site with any lessons or units for on online safety. For basic technology integration have younger students use a video response tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here, to reflect on their learning and share tips for their peers. Older students could use Flipgrid, too, or to take technology integration to the next level have students take notes about what they are learning about cyber safety using a tool like SuperNotecard, reviewed here. Next, have small groups of students share and compare their notes. Students can then use their notes as a storyboard to organize a presentation for their peers sharing safety tips. With their storyboards students or student groups can create online books sharing cybersafety tips using Book Creator, reviewed here. Book Creator includes tools for making digital books that include images, text, and audio recordings. As a modification to the above, instead of using Book Creator, challenge students to create a multimedia presentation with a tool like Genial.ly, reviewed here, or Powtoon, reviewed here. Include links to learning modules on a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, on classroom computers for students to easily access materials.

High school students and your tech-savvy middle school students may be interested in the competitions where they will focus on network security. The competition would be very good for the student who thinks they would like a career in IT or computer science.
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Mentoring Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection from TeachersFirst features resources to help teachers mentor students. Find tools to use with all grade levels. Here you will find tools to help students prepare for...more
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This collection from TeachersFirst features resources to help teachers mentor students. Find tools to use with all grade levels. Here you will find tools to help students prepare for college or a future career, anti-violence tools, ways to empower girls, character building, and more. Use these tools to coach, lead, teach, and mentor in your classroom and beyond.

tag(s): bullying (50), mentoring (6), social and emotional learning (14)

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Share sites with the entire class or find specific tools that are useful for individual students in your class. This is a great list to share with parents at the beginning of the year, and list on your class website!

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Welcome to ASCEVille - American Society of Civil Engineers

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Learn about civil engineering through games, timelines, and career descriptions at ASCEVille. View a timeline of civil engineering projects beginning with dams built in 2850 BCE (BC)...more
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Learn about civil engineering through games, timelines, and career descriptions at ASCEVille. View a timeline of civil engineering projects beginning with dams built in 2850 BCE (BC) up to modern road and transit systems. Find your dream job through career descriptions and interviews with civil engineers. At the Just For Fun link try your hand at some engineering challenges like The Skyscraper Challenge and Shapes Lab. Don't miss the section for parents and educators loaded with many resources and activities for learning about careers in civil engineering. The interactive requires Javascript.

tag(s): architecture (83), bridges (12), earthquakes (52), engineering (129), forces (47), STEM (209), transportation (47)

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Share information from this site as part of career or STEM lessons. Include games and resources on your class website for students to access. Stretch student learning with the challenge for them to create a simple, one-page website sharing career information using an easy webpage creation tool like Carrd, reviewed here. Have students research careers in civil engineering, then challenge them to modify learning and share their information in an infographic using Canva Infographic Creator, reviewed here. Canva's infographic creator includes many templates and allows users to customize content including images, backgrounds, and design. After researching careers and engineering accomplishments, have students stretch learning and use a tool like Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create virtual field trips to engineering accomplishments around the globe.
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MatchCollege - MatchCollege.com

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Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions students will make. MatchCollege is a search directory for finding information on over 8,000 institutions based on several...more
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Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions students will make. MatchCollege is a search directory for finding information on over 8,000 institutions based on several different choices including degrees offered, athletics, financial assistance, and more. In addition to the search features, this site includes a blog and articles featuring information on searching and becoming successful in your college career.

tag(s): careers (148), college (47)

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Share this site with students and parents to use as a resource for making college decisions. Help students organize their findings by using an online diagramming tool like Lucidchart, reviewed here, to create diagrams, mindmaps, and other visual graphic organizers. Save information gathered into PDF documents, then use Flipsnack, reviewed here, to turn their PDFs into an online flippable book. If you only have a word doc use PDFaid, reviewed here, to convert them to PDF format. As students near a final decision, use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create a virtual visit to their college of choice.

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Manufacture Your Future - Discovery Education & Alcoa Foundation

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Manufacture Your Future offers STEM-based lessons, virtual field trips, and information about careers in the manufacturing industry. Virtual field trips take viewers on tours of Alcoa...more
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Manufacture Your Future offers STEM-based lessons, virtual field trips, and information about careers in the manufacturing industry. Virtual field trips take viewers on tours of Alcoa plants featuring the use of robotics and the expertise of engineers and designers. Parent modules include information on facilitating conversations in careers at home. Lesson plans challenge students to design shoes, robots, and explore manufacturing careers.

tag(s): careers (148), design (88), engineering (129), STEM (209)

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Discover the many free resources on this site as part of career exploration lessons. View videos together, or have students view on their own. Take a virtual field trip to a manufacturing plant to learn more about design and the manufacturing process. Modify student learning and challenge them to create a simple infographic sharing information about manufacturing careers using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or redefine learning by having them create an multimedia, interactive poster using Lucidpress, reviewed here. You could also modify student learning by asking them to use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a week in the life of an engineer or designer.
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Ready. Set. Grad. - Washington Student Achievement Council

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6 to 12
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Ready.Set.Grad. is a complete resource for parents, educators, and students in 6th grade and beyond to prepare for high school graduation and beyond. The site's online tools provide...more
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Ready.Set.Grad. is a complete resource for parents, educators, and students in 6th grade and beyond to prepare for high school graduation and beyond. The site's online tools provide information to reach individual goals of college admission, vocational training, or certificate programs. Choose a grade level to learn more about steps to take along the way. Be sure also to check out content for finding financial aid as well as resources for parents and educators. Though this site focuses on Washington State colleges, most of the information will apply to any college and college applicant. Videos on the site reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): careers (148), college (47), financial aid (16)

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Middle school and high school teachers will want to create a link to this site on your class websites. Share with parents as an excellent resource for how students should prepare for college as early as 6th grade. Share this site with your school's guidance counselors for use when career planning with students. Ask students to explore this site then redefine their learning and prepare a plan that guides them toward their selected career goal. Use a tool like Scrumy, reviewed here, to create their plan. Next have students modify learning and create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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Try Computing - IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

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8 to 12
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Try Computing offers a wide variety of resources focused on computing and associated careers. Explore the site as a student, teacher, parent, or counselor to learn more about planning...more
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Try Computing offers a wide variety of resources focused on computing and associated careers. Explore the site as a student, teacher, parent, or counselor to learn more about planning a career path in computers. Student information includes career profiles and student opportunities to learn about different computer options. Choose the teacher link to find complete lesson plans, career profiles, and more. Some of the lesson plans use YouTube for videos. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): careers (148), computers (104), engineering (129)

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Include the Try Computing website when exploring career options with students, be sure to point it out to students with an interest in computers. Use the site to help students understand the various options available in computer careers and the education necessary for different roles. Have students create online posters detailing requirements of their chosen career using a tool such as PicFont, reviewed here, or Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here. Alternatively, have students create an infographic showing the steps needed to advance to a career in computers. Use an infographic tool such as Easel.ly, reviewed here.

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Higher Education for Students with Disabilities - Accredited Schools Online

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9 to 12
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This guide, part of the larger site titled Accredited Schools Online, helps students with learning disabilities and their parents better understand their rights and responsibilities...more
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This guide, part of the larger site titled Accredited Schools Online, helps students with learning disabilities and their parents better understand their rights and responsibilities regarding postsecondary education. Organized as one lengthy page of useful tips, information includes choosing an online accredited college or university program that best suits a student's needs, financial aid advice, and links to other helpful sites. Specific school searches may be done elsewhere on the sponsoring site once you register. Other areas of the larger website include advice for the hearing and visual impaired.

tag(s): careers (148), college (47), disabilities (24), learning disability (18), Special Needs (41)

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Guidance counselors and teachers, particularly intervention specialists, will find this a helpful place to share with students and their parents although information is very basic. The larger sponsoring site includes higher education selection advice for all students. Use this resource with individual students or in group settings, perhaps at a college and career night, or as part of a newsletter or other resource geared to high school students and their parents.

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TechPrep - Facebook

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6 to 12
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TechPrep is a site created for learning about computer science and programming. Start exploring the site by choosing entry as a parent or learner. As a parent, answer a few ...more
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TechPrep is a site created for learning about computer science and programming. Start exploring the site by choosing entry as a parent or learner. As a parent, answer a few questions about your student's age and computer programming background. You can access suggested appropriate resources, including websites, games and toys, a coaching guide, and career options. Answer similar questions as a learner to find options for self-exploration. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): careers (148), computers (104)

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TechPrep is an excellent resource for exploring careers in computer programming with students. Have students or groups collect ideas and findings using Padlet, reviewed here. The Padlet application creates free online bulletin boards. Explore the site together or share on your class website for students to explore on their own or with parents. Use TechPrep to find resources for classroom use such as websites and games. If your school has a computer club, share this site with the leader to use for finding tools for classroom use.

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Thrively - Thrively

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Thrively is a free tool that gives strengths and interests assessments in an engaging and entertaining way. Based on 23 factors and developed for children, you receive a profile that...more
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Thrively is a free tool that gives strengths and interests assessments in an engaging and entertaining way. Based on 23 factors and developed for children, you receive a profile that is personal, positive, and celebrates each child's core strengths and unique talents. Children, teachers, and parents all have a dashboard displaying activities and videos selected specifically for the child's strengths and interests. Explore a comprehensive activity index with over 120,000 activities and hundreds of videos designed to inspire. The videos feature interesting ideas, leaders, and a range of insights into careers and opportunities that are a good fit for the child's unique strengths. The Activity Boards are a way to discover and research the activities and collect them all in one place. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the videos on classroom computers.
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tag(s): back to school (61), differentiation (51), multiple intelligences (8), Special Needs (41), Teacher Utilities (86)

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Begin your school year with a more personal touch, by knowing what your students' interests are. On the teacher dashboard, examine each student and match interest to activities to differentiate instruction. Students can explore careers, apps, and activities matching their profile. With interest and strengths targeted, you can sail smoothly into a highly engaged class of individualized learning. During career explorations, open up worlds of possibilities for students and families to begin planning a successful path. Add a link to this tool to your class website for possible enrichment activities for families. Offer suggestions to parents for enriching after school activities found around your area.

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Learn Engineering - Imajey

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The goal of Learn Engineering is to present "tough engineering concepts" in a logical and simple way. Choose from one of the three main fields of engineering - civil, mechanical, ...more
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The goal of Learn Engineering is to present "tough engineering concepts" in a logical and simple way. Choose from one of the three main fields of engineering - civil, mechanical, or electrical to begin. Subcategories within each section answer questions using videos and detailed image explanations. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): careers (148), engineering (129), STEM (209)

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Share information on the site during career lessons and activities. Share this site with parents as a resource for learning more about careers in engineering. During a unit in careers, divide students into small groups (their interest) to cover all engineering fields, and challenge them to create a multimedia presentation using Presentious, reviewed here, and present their findings about that field to their classmates. Presentious is a mix of the best parts of slide and video recordings, in one new format and is easy to use.

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The Engineering Place - North Carolina State University

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The Engineering Place offers resources for students, parents, and educators to promote and learn about engineering. Explore the student section, sorted by age groups, to find information...more
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The Engineering Place offers resources for students, parents, and educators to promote and learn about engineering. Explore the student section, sorted by age groups, to find information about careers in engineering. Choose the parents section to download a booklet with information about helping your student with mathematics and tips for encouraging students to explore careers in engineering. Find lesson plans and additional resources in the Educators portion of the site.

tag(s): careers (148), engineering (129)

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Bookmark this site for use throughout the year, and take advantage of the free lesson plans. Share information from the site during career lessons and activities. Share this site with parents as a resource for learning more about careers in engineering. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about an engineer.
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Common Core Conversations - Kristina Holzweiss

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1 to 12
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Common Core Conversations is your place to find Common Core resources. The Standards, Resources from state education departments, free resources in all subject areas, using tech tools...more
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Common Core Conversations is your place to find Common Core resources. The Standards, Resources from state education departments, free resources in all subject areas, using tech tools for learning the standards, and a section for parent information provides a great basis for your Common Core needs. Resources include: ESL/ELL, library, careers, family and consumer sciences. Join the online community to join in the conversations.

tag(s): commoncore (88)

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Common Core Conversations provides ideas and resources to assure your lessons contain Common Core Standards necessities. Investigate a resource for yourself every week or to share at your professional growth development. Be sure to document your new ideas under professional growth for your evaluation. When hosting professional growth development, begin here.
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Undergraduate Student Loan Calculator - The Hamilton Project

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8 to 12
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The Undergraduate Student Loan Calculator shows the share of earnings necessary to service traditional loan repayment for 80 majors. Use selection boxes to choose different majors,...more
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The Undergraduate Student Loan Calculator shows the share of earnings necessary to service traditional loan repayment for 80 majors. Use selection boxes to choose different majors, loan amounts, interest, and length of term. Select approximate earnings from high, middle, or low-end of average earnings. You can also choose to work part or full-time. Compare two different majors to view the percentage of monthly income needed to pay off loans.

tag(s): calculators (39), careers (148), college (47)

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The Undergraduate Student Loan is perfect for use with secondary students as they explore college and career options. This is a great site for guidance counselors to have available on computers for both students and parents. Create a link on your class webpage for students to access at anytime. Display on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as part of any career or college preparation discussions.

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National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Science Education - Dept. of Health and Human Services/NIH

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Learn more about bioengineering at this interactive site. Choose from an array of science topics from the drop down menu to view frequently asked questions. Click on the Interactive...more
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Learn more about bioengineering at this interactive site. Choose from an array of science topics from the drop down menu to view frequently asked questions. Click on the Interactive Exploration to view the Bionic Man. Click on the technologies found on the image to find out how bioengineering has changed medicine. Play Who Wants To Be A Bioengineer to test yourself on bioengineering for rehabilitation and treatments in medicine. Find information about careers under the Training and Careers tab. Find Resource Links for the public, teachers and parents, and students. A few of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): engineering (129), medicine (64), STEM (209)

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Use this site as a source for careers in cutting edge science and medicine. As many students play sports in school, they will be able to connect with some of the technologies mentioned on this site. Be sure to include this link on your teacher website when searching for careers or for current events. Gifted students will love to explore this site and the resources. Be sure to create a series of links for students to look at when extra time is available in class. Include this site on the list. Connect this site with initiatives for STEM education at your school.

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Dropr - dropr.com

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K to 12
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Easily "drop" and create portfolios including images, video, text, and interactive artwork using Dropr. Your portfolio will look great on ANY device! Create an account using email or...more
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Easily "drop" and create portfolios including images, video, text, and interactive artwork using Dropr. Your portfolio will look great on ANY device! Create an account using email or using your Facebook, Google, or Twitter login. Follow prompts to connect your Dropr account to several social networking options. Follow instructions to personalize your page using files from your computer or connected social networking sites. When finished, easily share your portfolio with the link, embed code, or share buttons.

tag(s): careers (148), portfolios (23)

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Have teens and older students upload work throughout the year to create their own "me-portfolios." Create portfolios (with permission) to share younger students' work with parents and students during conferences. Use this tool to show finished projects or to show changes in a project from start to finish. Make a work prototype site and upload examples of exemplary work to share with students to set expectations for completed products before beginning a project. Create a link to this tool on your class website for students to share projects and information. (Get parent permission before posting students' work!) Have students take ownership of their own portfolios to show progress and products across several years. Have older students build portfolios to share as part of career and college preparation. Art teachers will want to share this as a portfolio option for their students.

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Talky - talky.io

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7 to 12
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Talky is a chat and video sharing application that is easy to set up and use. Features include screen sharing, group video chat with up to six participants, and privacy ...more
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Talky is a chat and video sharing application that is easy to set up and use. Features include screen sharing, group video chat with up to six participants, and privacy setting options. Begin by naming your conversation. Be sure to allow access to your computer's camera and microphone when prompted. Share the link with participants to allow access to the meeting. Use links to lock the room to anyone without a password and to share your screen. Current settings only allow use of Talky with Chrome and Firefox. Screen sharing is available with Chrome only. Be sure to read the helpful information found at the bottom of the site for Chrome screen sharing settings. Best part of all... no membership or sign-up is necessary to use this tool.

tag(s): chat (45), microblogging (28)

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Use Talky to host tutoring for small groups of students from any computer! Share with students as a resource for collaborating on group projects from home. Use Talky to set up an online interview with authors located across the country, veterans who can discuss their personal experiences with war, or experts to discuss careers in their field. Also use this site to meet up with absent students as needed. If a parent can't make a conference, meet online using Talky to share student work, progress, and more.

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Calkoo - Trinity Capital

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4 to 12
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Other online calculators don't add up to the diverse collection of calculators Calkoo has to offer. Browse categories including measurement, wage, taxes, stock analysis, mathematics,...more
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Other online calculators don't add up to the diverse collection of calculators Calkoo has to offer. Browse categories including measurement, wage, taxes, stock analysis, mathematics, loans, health, saving, investing, real estate, and more! Calkoo can handle many tasks, including some rather complex calculations. Complete the various fields based on the type of calculation. Some utilize radio buttons and drop down boxes, while others ask for numbers only. Create almost any kind of calculation you need with this easy accessible calculating tool. Language options include English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.
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tag(s): addition (225), area (71), calculators (39), division (158), fractions (232), measurement (179), multiplication (211), percent (79), quadratics (33), subtraction (187), volume (52)

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Calkoo is a great free tool to replace expensive graphing calculators that many students may not have. Calkoo works well on computers, mobile devices, and interactive whiteboards. Use this site during a unit on careers, economics, or financial literacy. Include it as part of a measurement unit. Share during Family and Consumer Science units to explore the cost of living and have students put together a mythical "budget" for living in their chosen career. Have students send you on a vacation and include calculations for the currency converter, fuel cost calculator, sales tax for souvenirs, and more! This is a great site to support many experiments in science. Calculate acceleration, velocity, and time, or use the mathematics category to complete problems. Use this tool in social studies class for quickly calculating years or months from important timelines or when figuring out geographical distances. In English or L.A. classes, quickly figure out the life span of authors or how long ago a story took place. In health or science classes, use the BMI calculator or get other accurate measurements. Visit Calkoo and select a calculator to meet your needs! Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access as a reference. The various languages make this tool very useful for ESL/ELL students.

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